17th August 2012

Where is Grub?

Many of you will know about the Ruby and Grub books (well, I hope so… I’d like to think you do), written by yours truly and illustrated by Sarah Warburton, some of whose work you can see here, and published by Piccadilly Press (@PiccadillyPress on Twitter)  The series of three books, aimed at 2-6yrs, comprises: Ruby and Grub, Grub in Love, and Grub’s Pups (available here.)  Some good news I’ve received this week is that Grub in Love will have a co-edition in Slovenian (Hooray!) which will extend Grub’s reach a little further.  They already have Grub’s Pups over there, so it’s fab that they now want Grub in Love too!  Grub is ecstatic, and I am chuffed to bits!

To celebrate this event, and inspired by fellow Twitter and Facebook friend Anna-Lena Olsson (@hoddydoddystuff on Twitter), Grub is going ‘out and about’  or, if you live further ‘up north’… ‘oot and aboot.’

The plan is to put together a series of photos and pics of Grub, ‘oot and aboot’, and use this as a fun/educational activity for children on my website.  Sarah Warburton has very kindly given permission for us to use her wonderful Grub illustrations, and Anna-Lena is using just some of her vast array of skills to produce the pictures which will be used on my website.  Here are a couple for starters.  Derbyshire folk may recognise these venues… although one is a rather surreal artistic interpretation (from Moi!) so may be a little more tricky! …

Where is Grub? Clue… somewhere in Derbyshire!

And at a less surreal destination…

Where is Grub? Clue… somewhere else in Derbyshire!

And he and his pups also made a rather impromptu appearance at my book launch…

Where is Grub? Clue… it’s a well known book shop!

As you can see, Grub is rather partial to his little day trips (as am I.)  But we’d quite like to see him go further afield… and this is where YOU can help!!!

If you have any amusing or interesting photos from around the globe and would like them to be part of my ‘Where is Grub?’ page, please contact me via the Contact Me tab on this website.  I will get back to you, and you can then send any pics to me via email.  It would help if the pics weren’t too obscure, as I am hoping teachers will use this page in schools with young children… but funny ones would be nice!  Also, these need to be your own photos, not ones downloaded from Google, due to copyright laws.

So, if you’d like to get involved, please let me know and may the creative stuff begin!

About Abi Burlingham

I write children's books and paint pictures inspired by nature, animals, trees etc, mostly in acrylics. I am a crisp addict.
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22 Responses to 17th August 2012

  1. bethkemp says:

    What a fab idea! I’ll have to investigate our photos collection…

  2. Jo Carroll says:

    Tried to contact you, but it wouldn’t let me – and I even did the verification-thingy right!

    I have plenty of obscure photos (fancy Grub on the back of an elephant? At the Taj Mahal? Sydney Opera House?), but have some local ones as well – could trot over the Avebury with my camera if you like. Do get in touch.

  3. Sounds like a great idea. And massive congrats on the Slovenian edition!

  4. Thank you, Mr Dan! 🙂

  5. This is absolutely adorable! Maybe Grub and pups should visit Maine 🙂

  6. Oh fab! If you have a Maine photo Julia that I can use, then we shall magic him in there! 😀

  7. Oooh, fab, Julia! 🙂

  8. deansky says:

    What a great idea! And the pics looks excellent too. Not always easy to get pics to work together like that. Glad you’ve got Anna on the case – she’s a clever thing. Hope I can find something you can use 🙂

    • Thanks Dean. The idea came from Anna – she surprised me with the pics and I thought they were too good not to do something with, hence the website activity idea. She’s a little gem!

  9. Martin Shone says:

    What a brilliant idea, Abi 🙂 x

  10. Emma Pass says:

    Brill idea, Abi! I’ll have to have a look through my photos! 😀

  11. Thanks Martin – inspired by the lovely Anna! Ooh, that’d be great. Thanks Martin! 🙂

  12. Jenny Alexander says:

    I love this idea! Unfortunately, I only seem to go to obscure places, but I’ll bear it in mind if I happen upon any iconic monuments now – all this blogging does make you suddenly aware of the usefulness of random pictures 🙂

  13. Hi Jenny! Thanks for that. Yes, I know what you mean about finding a use for pics – I never quite imagined they’d be used in this way, but am really glad they have!

  14. Nadine says:

    Love, love, LOVE this brilliant idea, Abi! Once I have some pics available, I’ll contact you. Yaay you!

  15. Oooooh! Fabaroooo! So glad you like it! Thanks Nadine 🙂

  16. Hi Abi. 🙂 I’m off to check our local library to see if they have Grub in Love. It looks very cute!

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